History: The Cane Corso originated in Italy and is believed to be a descendant from Roman Mastiffs. They were bred to guard property, hunt large animals, and work around the farm that included rounding up cattle and pigs. The Cane Corso came close to extinction after WWII but was rejuvenated by breeders. This breed first came into the United States in 1988 and has since become a popular companion/guard dog.
Temperament: The Cane Corso is a confident, intelligent, and affectionate breed. They can be a docile family dog with the right owner. The Cane Corso may not be the best choice for a first time dog owner. This dog needs someone consistent, experience, and strong-willed to ensure their dog knows rules and boundaries. Because of their large size and vigorous temperament, starting obedience training at a young age is recommended in order to make sure you can control your Cane Corso as he grows. Start socializing your Cane Corso from the time you get him as a puppy. Make sure he meets as many people (inside and outside of your home) and dogs as he possibly can. This is very important for this breed because without proper socializing they may become aggressive with strangers and other dogs. They have a moderate activity level and need to have the physical exercise of a walk and mental exercise with training given daily.
Health/Grooming: The Cane Corso has a short but stiff coat with a light undercoat. They shed heavily twice a year so brushing them more during this time will help to control the fur. Brushing them weekly and bathing them on a regular basis when they are young will help them get used to the experience for when they grow and become larger. The Cane Corso may be more prone to health issues such as bloat, cherry eye, hip dysplasia, demodectic mange, and eyelid abnormalities. You should expect to see OFA and CERF clearances from your breeder.